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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is Wheels Down in Abu Dhabi

June 8, 2011

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is greeted by Tarek al haidan, deputy minister of state for foreign affairs, upon her arrival at the airport in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, June 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

From Reuters:

Clinton arrived in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday and will lead the U.S. team to Thursday’s meeting of the so-called contact group on Libya, U.S. officials said. She will also discuss the protests that have gripped Yemen, Syria and Bahrain, they said.

With military pressure building on Gaddafi and his government looking increasingly isolated diplomatically, the Western-led coalition fighting for his ouster is starting to focus more directly on what political arrangements will be made for the post-Gaddafi era.

“The international community is beginning to talk about what could constitute end-game to this,” one senior U.S. official told reporters aboard Clinton’s plane.

“That would obviously include some kind of ceasefire arrangement and some kind of political process … and of course the question of Gaddafi and perhaps his family is also a key part of that,” the official said.

Both Libya’s rebel Transitional National Council (TNC) and its Western allies have rejected Libyan government ceasefire offers that do not include Gaddafi’s departure, saying he and his family must relinquish power before any talks can begin.

The U.S. official said there have been general discussions about what might happen to Gaddafi but nothing specific on “where he should go, or whether he should remain in Libya for that matter.”

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